Joseph F. Cook, 83

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TOPSHAM — Joseph F. Cook, 83, of the Highlands, died June 19 at Parkview Adventist Medical Center.

On March 13, 1927, he was born in Rye, N.Y., the son of Joseph F. and Theresa S. Lesher Cook, and attended local schools.

After graduating from the Taft School in 1945 he attended Yale University until he was drafted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II.

After the war he returned to Yale University, graduating in 1950.

In 1952 he married Louise S. McLean.

For many years he worked for J.P. Morgan in New York City, retiring in 1986 as vice president of private banking.

After he retired, he and his wife moved from their home in Darien, Conn., to Cape Elizabeth. Five years later they moved to Brunswick, and most recently had moved to The Highlands in Topsham.

Locally, he was a member of the First Parish Church in Brunswick and volunteered for SCORE, the Service Corp of Retired Executives, and at Mid Coast Hospital.

Surviving are his wife Louise of 57 years; three sons, Joseph F. Cook III and his wife, Deborah of Dummerston, Vt., William M. Cook and his wife, Melissa of Erie, Colo., and Benjamin H. Cook of Manchester, Vt.; two sisters, Edith C. Nelson and her husband, Frank of Granville, Ohio, and Alice C. Bosworth and her husband, Robert of Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren, Jason F. Cook of Waltham, Mass., Andrew M. Cook and his wife, Elizabeth of Waitsfield, Vt., Tyler M. Cook and Jessica E. Cook, both of Erie, Colo.

A memorial service will be held in late July at First Parish Church in Brunswick.

Memorial donations may be made to First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, ME 04011; or to Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011; or to Taft School Alumni Fund, 11 Woodbury Road, Watertown, CT  06795.

Arrangements are by the Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.  

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